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Issue 42 - A nice girl like Abigail

Whisky Magazine Issue 42
September 2004


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A nice girl like Abigail

Abigail Bosanko's new book is a romance aimed at the professional female. But it includes whisky tasting notes and its central character is a whisky expert. What's going on?

On the face of it A Nice Girl Like Me would seem to be a typical girlie novel. It's got a pink cover. It's about a woman married to an older man but is romantically drawn to a young, dashing, handsome buck. Will she or won't she?

And to be honest, do we really care? Not if we're male we don't.

Hang on a minute, though; isn't that a quote from Charlie MacLean? Aren't those tasting notes? And have I read that right?

The woman narrating the story seems not only to be a bit of an expert on whisky but actually works for what is called in the book the Edinburgh Malt Whisky Society.

And there's more: who on earth is this referring to when it talks of Dodgio? Where do these references to pink whisky come from? And is it my imagination, but are the conversations between traditional whisky drinkers and the younger ones who want to, among other things, add ice to their whisky, serve as a metaphor for the romantic cross-generation comings and goings in the rest of the book?

Novelist Abigail Bosanko's new book, published in September, might be all frothy waves on the surface, but underneath issues seethe like angry currents. In the Autumn, U.K. women's magazine Marie Claire will give away her last book on its cover and promote A Nice Girl Like Me inside. And there's the rub – Abigail, or rather our heroine Emily, isn't such a nice girl after all.

In fact she's metaphorically going in to battle on two fronts; against the old guard of the whisky industry who frown at anything beyond...

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